27 Mar
Libya Talks Continue in Morocco

Photo Credit: Middle East Online The governments of France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the U.K. and the U.S. released a joint statement on the resumption of Libyan peace talks in Morocco, as well as concern for the "growing threat of terrorist groups." The ...

26 Mar
Saudi Strikes Back at Houthi Advances in Yemen

Photo Credit: Hani Mohamed/AP Following President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi’s reported flight from Aden by boat, Saudi Arabia launched airstrikes aimed at halting Houthi advances. The UAE, Jordan, Bahrain, Qatar, Morocco, Sudan, and Kuwait sent aircraft to conduct strikes as ...

20 Mar
POMED Notes: Under Threat – Egypt’s Systematic Campaign against NGOs

On Tuesday, March 17, 2015, the Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED) hosted a panel discussion at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace entitled, “Under Threat: Egypt’s Systematic Campaign against NGOs.” The panel featured Todd Ruffner, Advocacy Associate at POMED; Bahey Eldin Hassan, Director of the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS); Kristen McGeeney, Senior Legal Advisor, Middle East and North Africa, for the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law ...

19 Mar
POMED Notes: A Nuclear Deal, Iran’s Regional Role, and U.S. Relations with the Gulf

On Monday, March 15, 2015, the Atlantic Council held a panel called “A Nuclear Deal, Iran’s Regional Role, and U.S. Relations with the Gulf.” Panelists included Ambassador Richard LeBaron, Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council and former U.S. Ambassador to Kuwait; Alireza Nader, Senior International Policy Analyst at the Rand Corporation; Ilan Goldenberg, Directory for the Middle East Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. The ...

18 Mar
Pro-Houthi Journalist Assassinated in Yemen

Abdul Kareem al-Khaiwani, a prominent Yemeni journalist and Houthi delegate at the National Dialogue meetings, was killed on Wednesday by "assailants on a motorbike." Al-Maseerah, a Houthi television station, reported al-Khaiwani was "martyred in a criminal assassination" near his home ...

18 Mar
UAE’s Military Role in the Region Built with U.S. Weapons

The following post first appeared on Security Assistance Monitor, a joint project with the Center for International Policy and POMED. Whether dispatching covert air assaults over Libya or supporting parts of Western-backed Syrian opposition, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) appears to ...

12 Mar
Saudi Arabia’s King Vows to Fight Corruption, Comes Under Fire for Rights Violations

  Photo Credit: The Guardian Saudi Arabia's new king, Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, gave his first major speech since ascending the throne earlier this year. Throughout the speech Saud emphasized that "Saudi foreign policy would be committed to the teachings of ...

11 Mar
Rift Emerges in Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood

The Shura Council of the Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan held an emergency meeting Monday evening to devise and announce new measures. This comes after the reformist wing of the party independently renewed the group’s official license, which essentially ...

11 Mar
U.N. Libya Talks Delayed as the Islamic State Presence Grows

Photo Credit: Reuters/Ismail Zitouny Libya's internationally recognized parliament has asked the United Nations to delay peace talks by a week. Farraj Hashem, a parliament spokesman, stated, "We are asking for a one-week delay to discuss a road map for the next government, its ...

11 Mar
POMED Notes – Iran: Beyond the Nuclear

On Tuesday, March 10, 2015, the American Foreign Policy Council held a conference entitled “Iran: Beyond the Nuclear.” Panelists included Ali Alfoneh, Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies; Michael Eisenstadt, Director of the Military & Security Studies Program at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy; J. Matthew McInnis, Resident Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute; and Michael Doran, Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute. The panel ...

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